Trinity and Communion of Persons
I am preparing for a conversation/study today (part of my Theology 101 series) on the nature of God. Disciples, as a rule, have been ambivalent about the Trinity, but by background and inclination, I have been and continue to be firmly Trinitarian. As I prepared for today, I picked up Clark Williamson's The Way of Blessing, Way of Life (Chalice Press, 1999). Clark is, by self-definition, a neo-process theologian.
I found in his presentation on the nature of the immanent Trinity (God's internal life) something quite revealing and helpful. Take a read here and offer your thoughts:
We speak of God as one in order to make clear that God is not divided, not double-minded. We speak of God as three to affirm communion in God. Life is a blessing and well-being when all relations of domination and oppression are expelled. Communion among persons is the divine order and the intended human order of well-being. The fundamental intent of the doctrine of the trinity is to protect an understanding of God as a profound relational communion. A relationship (not merely a relation) of authentic communion among God, human beings, and all God’s creatures is the aim of God’s work in the world. It also calls radically into question and theologically undercuts, although hardly defeats, all human political and social arrangements that would subordinate women to men, Jews to Christians (as Christendom did in many ways, not the least through canon and secular law), one race to another, two-thirds of the hungry world to the one third that is comfortable. (p. 127).